Hi, here’s a talk I did about the benefits to the community that can come from most people working from home!
This talk is about working from home, part 4, benefits for the community. This is a very important perspective on working from home.
Firstly, the biggest benefit to the community of people working from home is a huge reduction of the greenhouse gases that are creating climate change! Our analysis and modeling would show that if everybody in the world worked from home and we could potentially reach our greenhouse gas reductions targets virtually overnight, very quickly. That’s a big statement, and most people would say that that’s ridiculous! They would point out that everybody can’t work from home..ambulance drivers can’t work from home, police officers can’t work from home. And you can probably think of a whole list of occupations that we assume can’t work from home. And to a degree that’s true. But firstly, aside from that list, most people could work from home today. The technology is there. And I won’t talk about other innovative technologies that could mean even those other jobs could be done from home. And will be in the future. But for now, we know the majority of people can work from home. but most people could work from home.
So that is a huge benefit for the community. Even if only 75% of people work from home, we would probably achieve our greenhouse gas reduction targets pretty quickly. And that’s not to say that we should stop all the other measures we are taking to reduce greenhouse gases We should definitely continue to develop clean energy and everything else. But working from home could be a massive step in the right direction, and probably the biggest single step that we could make in reducing greenhouse gases. So that’s something to think about.
Another benefit of course is that recently they’ve been there’s been a spread of disease which is becoming more common, and even when the current one has gone there’ll be another one in the future so there will always be some benefit to working from home in terms of avoiding disease. I know that even just common colds and small illnesses are hugely reduced when you work from home. Because you’re not spending hours every week with people in your face. Coughing on your etc. So reduction in illness is a huge benefit of from working from home.
And another big benefit for the community is around reducing congestion. Congestion in most major cities is now a major problem. What has caused that? Simply the fact that in most countries, most jobs are in the city. And most people start work around the same time. So everyone gets in their car or train and heads to work at the same time, into the same area. and that causes massive congestion. It that just basically very stressful chaos. Everybody’s from rushing to try to get there at the same time causes gridlock on the road systems, and huge problems with rail as well. So that’s not good and that’s creating a lot of problems for the community. So if a large percentage, say 50% of people, work from home, most of those congestion problems could be solved – almost overnight!
And there is one other big benefit to the community which is cost-saving. All of these things are costing the community. Climate change is hugely costly. Not just in monetary terms, which are huge, but in terms of the future of the planet, and our children’s children’s futures. In monetary terms, congestion is very costly because our community spends a lot of money trying to solve congestion problem – building extra rail lines and extra roads that may not really be required if people were working from home. So there’s a lot of benefits for the community. And as I said, I think the major one is a reduction of greenhouse gases. If we could get a large enough proportion of people working from home. But there’s those other benefits too.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, my contact details and video links are below. Have a great day!
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Work from home Part 4, the benefits for the community